Art Smarts

Public art has a new champion in Seattle. Plus: Club changes and dance news.

Art Smarts

Think the four giant steel Frisbees marking Qwest Field are an eyesore? Wonder what the hell those giant slabs of rock are doing to each other in Myrtle Edwards Park? If so, you have a new name to complain to: Ruri Yampolsky, recently hired as the city's public-art manager. Yampolsky, who has worked for the city since 1991, has been acting public-art manager since Jim McDonald resigned in April of this year. In 2005, she helped the city prevail in a court battle that reaffirmed the 1 percent for art program. She'll administer that program in her new post, look for new ways to bring art to the public, and, no doubt, field the occasional complaint. Still, she sees "fun challenges" in her immediate future—for instance, spending some of the money that was held up by the court case on utilities-related art projects. LYNN JACOBSON

Striking a Blow Against VD

The Lower Queen Anne clap-trap known as Watertown is no more. According to little paper signs on the former meat/meet market's doors, it's being replaced by a new bar (presumably) called Hula Hula, which is sure to be an improvement over its horrifyingly cheesy predecessor. Meanwhile, next door at Tini Bigs, there is a sign on the door that says that if people want to sit outside and smoke, they're going to have to bus their own tables—yet another ridiculous consequence of the equally ridiculous 25-foot rule. MIKE SEELY

The Walker Calls

Seattle dancer and administrator Michele Steinwald has bagged a hot job at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center. She'll be program manager for the performing arts department, arranging 10 shows a year for one of the country's most avant presenters of the avant-garde. Steinwald formerly coordinated the 12 Minutes Max showcase at On the Boards, and has recently produced dance events at ACT Theatre. She says she is "super excited" about the move, which happens Friday, Sept. 29, though she'll be back at the holidays to pack up and load a truck "with everything, including my cat." SANDRA KURTZ

 
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